NOW Agenda

ETEC’s Nuclear Opportunities Workshop


* The N.O.W. 2022 slide presentations we have permission to share are linked below. Find the speaker’s name and if there is a link, you can access a .pdf of their slide presentation. *

Monday, August 1, 2022

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
American Museum of Science & Energy (AMSE)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

  • Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Invited Guests: Workshop Attendees, Community Leaders, Stakeholders, DOE Employees, Early Career Professionals, Students, and Interns
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks
  • Content: Brief program to begin around 5:45 p.m.
  • No Charge to Attend

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
***NEW VENUE – Bridgewater Place***
205 Bridgewater Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37923


  • Tracy Boatner, President, East TN Economic Council (ETEC)
  • Bob Morris, Chair, ETEC’s Nuclear Working Group
  • Gene Sievers, Acting President & CEO; Y-12 Plant Manager, Consolidated Nuclear Security
  • Speaker Introduction:  Kathryn McCarthy, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, Oak Ridge National Lab

Jon Carmack, Sr. Technical Advisor, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Topic: New Insights Into Advanced Reactor Deployment

Moderator: Jeremy Busby, Director, Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Lou Martinez Sancho, VP of Strategy and Innovation, Kairos Power 
  • Elia Merzari, Asst. Professor, Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University 
  • Josh Parker, Lead Business Development Manager, BWXT 
  • Brad Rearden, Director of Government R&D Division, X-Energy

Break with snacks provided 

Topic: Nuclear Fuel Demand and Development

Moderator: Morris Hassler, Vice President/Business Unit General Manager for Joint Services, IB3 Global Solutions

  • Andrew Worrall, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DOE/NNSA Actions on HALEU
  • Larry Cutlip, Senior Vice President Field Operations, Centrus Energy
  • Pete Pappano, President, TRISO-X
  • Kurt Terrani, Director of Fuels and Materials, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation
  • James Vollmer, Senior Manager of Nuclear Design, TerraPower

Registrants will have the opportunity to submit their business card to be randomly chosen. They will have 60 seconds to promote their organization from the stage.

Catered lunch at Bridgewater Place.

Jon Ball, Executive Vice President, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy 

Greg Boerschig, Vice President, Clinch River Project, TVA

Break with snacks provided 

Topic: Impact & Processes of Radioisotope Production

Moderators: Lloyd Jollay, Manager Nuclear Material Applications, Y-12 National Security Complex, Consolidated Nuclear Security

  • Balendra Sutharshan, ALD, Isotope Science and Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (invited)
  • Tracy RadelVice President of Engineering, SHINE Medical Technologies
  • James T. Harvey, Senior Vice President & Chief Science Officer, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes
  • Terry Grimm, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Scientist, Niowave

Registrants will have the opportunity to submit their business card to be randomly chosen. They will have 60 seconds to promote their organization from the stage.

Topic: Workforce Initiatives and Opportunities Available to the Nuclear Industry in East Tennessee

Moderator: Wes Hines, Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee

  • Meshelle Augustin, Sr. HR Business Partner, Nuclear Human Resources & Communications, TVA
  • Tommy Morgan, United Cleanup Oak Ridge (UCOR)
  • Ashley Stowe, Director, Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center, Y-12 National Security Complex
  • Ken Tobin, Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Research and University Partnerships Office, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  • Joan Bienvenue, Director, University of TN Oak Ridge Innovation Institute
  • Teresa Duncan, Vice President of Workforce & Community Development, Roane State Community College 

Bob Morris, Chair, ETEC Nuclear Working Group